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Pirate threatens India after capture of 61 pirates
Salon ^ | March 14, 2011 | Salon

Posted on 03/17/2011 12:43:04 PM PDT by James C. Bennett

Five dozen pirates living on a hijacked ship serving as a roving pirate base jumped into the Arabian Sea on Monday after the Indian navy fired on the vessel in self-defense, the navy said Monday.

The navy captured 61 pirates fleeing the battle and the fire that broke out aboard the hijacked vessel. The battle is the latest example of the piracy trade's turn toward increased violence.

A pirate in Somalia threatened Indian sailors and the government with targeted attacks in retaliation for the arrests.

The Indian navy said a patrol aircraft spotted the mothership Friday while responding to another vessel reporting a pirate attack. The pirates aborted the hijacking attempt and tried to escape on the mothership.

When the Indian ships closed in Sunday night, the pirates fired on them. The hijacked vessel caught fire when the Indian navy returned fire, the navy said.

The pirates had hijacked the Mozambique-flagged Vega 5 in December and had used it as a mothership. Indian sailors rescued 13 crew members from the Vega 5 Sunday night about 700 miles (1,100 kilometers) off Kochi in southern India, the statement said.

The pirates were carrying about 80 to 90 small arms or rifles and a few heavier weapons, likely rocket-propelled grenades, it said. The statement did not describe any casualties among the navy, the fishermen or the pirates in Sunday's clash.

The pirates were being taken to Mumbai, India's financial capital, to be prosecuted for attacking the Indian ships.

Piracy has plagued the shipping industry off East Africa for years, but violence and ransom demands have escalated in recent months. Pirates held some 30 ships and more than 660 hostages as of February.

A self-described pirate in Somalia who gave his name as Bile Hussein said the arrests will lead to "trouble" for Indian sailors and ships.

"They better release them, considering their people traveling in the waters, or we shall jail their people like that," he said. "We are first sending a message to the Indian government of releasing our friends in their hands or else they have to be ready for their citizens to be mistreated in the near future."

The Indian navy's third anti-piracy operation this year followed the capture of 28 Somali pirates last month and another 15 in January. Both groups are to be prosecuted in Mumbai.

Indian warships have been escorting merchant ships as part of international anti-piracy surveillance in the area since 2008.

Several nations, including the United States, are prosecuting pirate suspects captured by their militaries. But other suspects have been released as countries weigh legal issues and other factors.

The prosecutions, the growth of criminal gangs participating in piracy and the ever-increasing ransoms have heightened confrontations.

Five Puntland security forces and two pirates were killed earlier this month during a failed attempt to rescue Danish captives taken from their hijacked yacht to a pirate stronghold in the semiautonomous northern region of Somalia.

Weeks earlier, four Americans on a hijacked yacht were killed by pirates under circumstances that are still unclear. Four U.S. Navy vessels were shadowing the captured boat at the time, and 15 pirate suspects were taken into custody after the gunfire.

The owner of a Bangladeshi-flagged ship that was held for more than three months said that the vessel and 26 crew members were released Monday.

Mehrul Kabir declined to say whether any ransom was paid for the release of the M.V. Jahan Moni, which was seized off the Indian coast while transporting nickel ore from Indonesia to Greece, but the media in Bangladesh reported the pirates were paid $4.2 million.

"All the crew members on board are safe," Kabir told reporters in Dhaka.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: india; indiannavy; islam; piracy; somalia; somalianpirates
Earlier:

Indian Govt. mulling idea of having armed guards on merchant ships

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2689962/posts

The Indian Government is mulling over the idea of having armed escorts on merchant ships akin to those appointed in airlines in the wake of an increase in the number of attacks by Somali pirates.

The decision is under consideration after Indian ship owners sought the government's permission to have guards on ships as a defensive mechanism.

The hijacking of ships near the coast of Somalia has cost the shipping industry millions of dollars. Pirates have continued to attack foreign ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, defying an armada of warships trying to protect the key maritime route.

Armed and trained personnel on board would be much more effective than naval ships sending commandos as the merchant vessels would have already been boarded by pirates. These guards will escort and maintain control of vessels to prevent hijacking or acts of terrorism.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has also clarified its stance on the use of private armed security guards to defend merchant ships against attacks by Somali pirates. The International Maritime Organisation guidelines stipulate that the decision to appoint armed escorts will be taken by individual government.

"India is considering providing armed guards on merchant ships and in this regard Director General (Shipping) will have to seek approval from the Indian Government," said a well-placed government source when asked if armed guards could be allowed on merchant ship.

The source added: "Indian Navy will support the proposal to have ship marshals on board merchant vessels in consultation with the Ministry of Defence."

On Saturday night, Somali pirates attacked an Indian Navy warship in the Arabian Sea, believing it to be a merchant ship, before being captured by marine commandos. In the biggest ever haul in anti-piracy operations; the INS Kalpeni arrested 61 pirates from a pirate mother ship Vega 5, 600 nautical miles off the country's west coast.

Somali pirates have hijacked a total of 174 merchant vessels from January 14, 2008, till March 11, 2011. According to the Piracy Reporting Center of the International Maritime Bureau, a total of 217 vessels were attacked last year, resulting in 47 hijackings.

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“India is also reportedly loosening up the rules of engagement procedures for its navy to allow a larger range of offensive actions.”

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/03/indian-ships-may-get-armed-anti-pirate-guards/

1 posted on 03/17/2011 12:43:10 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUTHktI8kJA

“Clear.”


2 posted on 03/17/2011 12:48:54 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: James C. Bennett

India doing what Obama won’t do.


3 posted on 03/17/2011 12:49:56 PM PDT by ReverendJames (Only A Painter Or A Liberal Can Change Black To White.)
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To: James C. Bennett

A self-described pirate in Somalia who gave his name as Bile Hussein


Any kin to you-know-who?


4 posted on 03/17/2011 12:51:49 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Welcome to the USA - where every day is Backwards Day!)
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To: HamiltonJay

BLACKHAWK DROWNED: What Russian Navy sailors do to Somali Pirates

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG-T7N_mx9I

Don’t expect fair-play, ok?

Or sobriety..!

Bonus: Yes, they do use the Phalanx on them, ok?


5 posted on 03/17/2011 12:51:49 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: James C. Bennett

I guess I don’t understand why the international maritime navies don’t form convoys. That would put an end to all this. Hijackers would not attack or even get close to an armed convoy.


6 posted on 03/17/2011 12:53:40 PM PDT by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation)
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To: HamiltonJay

Five Puntland security forces... No sarcasm or smart remark intended, I’ve been all over the world, (as far I’ve been able, but where the Hell is Puntland?


7 posted on 03/17/2011 12:57:43 PM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: Safetgiver
"Puntland (Puntlaand, أرض البنط) is a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe (Nugaal region), whose leaders declared it an autonomous state in 1998. A third of Somalia's population lives in the province, which likewise represents about a third of the nation's geographical area."
8 posted on 03/17/2011 12:59:20 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: James C. Bennett
Armed guards on all merchant ships, a few well placed bombs on the pirates shore based staging areas, and the sinking of all ‘mother ships’ would put a quick end to the piracy.
9 posted on 03/17/2011 1:09:34 PM PDT by JPG ("2012 Can't Come Soon Enough" - Sarah Palin)
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Thank you. I’ve Never been to Somalia, never want to be and never will be. Your information will be dutifully filed in my NO, NO, NO, file.


10 posted on 03/17/2011 1:09:56 PM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: James C. Bennett

Easy to see why G_D has wiped us out to start over so many times.


11 posted on 03/17/2011 1:15:29 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: James C. Bennett

The Indians are simply pissed.

They stand flabbergasted at the weak kneed response of the West when maritime law makes the punishment for piracy abundantly clear.

And the Navy is just itching to go after the pirates and this clown may have just done that with his threats.

And anyway, Somali pirates will not find life much fun inside an Indian prison, who knows when they’ll come to trial.


12 posted on 03/17/2011 1:17:54 PM PDT by swarthyguy (KIDS! Deficit, Debt,Taxes! Pfft Lookit the bright side of our legacy -America is almost SmokFrei!)
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To: gaijin; NFHale; hiredhand; Squantos; sickoflibs; Travis McGee

kept hammerin the smolderin remains as well...great vid...


13 posted on 03/17/2011 1:31:56 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: James C. Bennett

There is no sane explanation why piracy cannot be obliterated. The people attack in motor boats for pete’s sake!


14 posted on 03/17/2011 1:47:54 PM PDT by New Jersey Realist (Congress doesn't care a damn about "we the people")
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To: James C. Bennett
The ports they sail out of and hole up in for repairs should be obliterated. One night and one AC130 ought to be sufficient. Can't be a pirate without a boat (or anything resembling an intact human head and torso). Then systematically sink whatever's left at sea. Sharks have to eat too.

Problem solved.

15 posted on 03/17/2011 2:10:15 PM PDT by katana
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“The navy captured 61 pirates fleeing the battle and the fire that broke out aboard the hijacked vessel. The battle is the latest example of the piracy trade’s turn toward increased violence.
A pirate in Somalia threatened Indian sailors and the government with targeted attacks in retaliation for the arrests.”

The 61 should simply disappear, never to be seen again.

Piracy should bring a one-way ticket to Davy Jone’s locker.


16 posted on 03/17/2011 2:10:44 PM PDT by Grumplestiltskin (I may look new, but it's only deja vu!)
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To: Gilbo_3

Awesome! :-)


17 posted on 03/17/2011 2:23:25 PM PDT by hiredhand
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks James C. Bennett.
Five dozen pirates living on a hijacked ship serving as a roving pirate base jumped into the Arabian Sea on Monday after the Indian navy fired on the vessel in self-defense, the navy said Monday. The navy captured 61 pirates fleeing the battle and the fire that broke out aboard the hijacked vessel.
Too bad the story isn't "the navy killed 61 pirates aboard a hijacked vessel."


18 posted on 03/17/2011 5:05:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: James C. Bennett

Nothing will work until pirate bodies start washing ashore by the hundreds. Daily.


19 posted on 03/17/2011 5:09:05 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: PapaBear3625

Can’t shipping cos just hire the Russians to work security?
Sort of like Vlad Putin, Mall Cop?

I’m assuming they could use the money and would be happy to sign up for the work. Greenpeace would be happy because the sharks would be well fed.


20 posted on 03/17/2011 5:15:26 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: James C. Bennett
Sounds like a good venue and competition for an episode of Top Shots.
21 posted on 03/17/2011 5:18:48 PM PDT by Shqipo (I am the unofficial originator of the Mega-Bump! Only use judiciously.)
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To: James C. Bennett

There is now a war

I don’t think the pirates should screw with India

Bravado kills


22 posted on 03/17/2011 7:13:29 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: James C. Bennett

Perhaps Indian Gurkhas could have a little talk with the pirates.......Just saying.


23 posted on 03/17/2011 7:20:19 PM PDT by The Cajun
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